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Can You Keep a Capybara?

Terina Ria
Terina Ria
Posted on August 22
Capybaraaa! (@nhm_wpy/Instagram)

Capybaraaa! (@nhm_wpy/Instagram)

Are you on capybara TikTok? Capybaras are the largest rodent in the world, about twice the size of a beaver. They are social and docile animals that famously get along with most animals, even crocodiles. There’s even a capybara cafe in Tokyo.

Singing along to the catchy song, you might think to yourself, can I keep a capybara? (Capybaraaa!) Here’s a list of a few of the exotic pets that are allowed (and not allowed) in Utah:

🟢Can Keep

Camel, alpaca, emu, domesticated mink, sugar glider, zebu, tenrec

🟡Can Keep With Permit

Raccoon, coyote, ground squirrel, gopher, jackrabbit, muskrat, field mice, Virginia opossum

🔴Can’t Keep

Degus, ocellated turkeys, fennec fox, lemurs, tarsiers, kinkajou, ocelot, kangaroos, capybara 😭

Keep in mind, taking care of exotic pets requires careful consideration and research. For more information, visit the link from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources below 👇

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